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Mon youths complain of heightened surveillance following monk’s arrest

BY  Nai Marn: Mon State youth are complaining of being increasingly targeted for surveillance efforts by Burmese government authorities since the arrest of Ashin Uk Kong Sah, a Mon monk, in Thanphyuzayart this January. A youth leader in Moulmein informed IMNA that youths are particularly scrutinized when wearing traditional Mon …

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WHO donates H1N1 vaccines to Burmese Ministry of Health

According New Light of Myanmar on March 4th, Burmese authorities have announced that only 63 Burmese citizens have been infected with H1N1 in 2010, and the disease is “under control”; nevertheless, the World Health Organization (WHO) has opted to donate 4.5 million doses of H1N1 vaccine to the Burmese Ministry …

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Monastic award ceremony deferred indefinitely due to H1N1

BY Taw Lawi: The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has this year put off an annual Naypyidaw-based religious ceremony, in which senior monks around Burma are granted honorific titles, purportedly due to the H1N1 threat in the area.

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Future of community events unclear after increased government scrutiny

BY  Jaloon Htaw and Yin Mon :Increased inquiry by Burmese government administration members at community festivals and events, intended to curb political discussion, has prompted communities to freeze all community events for fear of government suspicion.

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New Customs Department ‘land tax’ overburdens owners with acreage

BY  IMNA: The Customs Department in Mudon and Thanphyuzayart Townships is collecting a ‘land tax’ for the first time from farmers and plantation owners in the region. Landowners that are subject to the tax have reported extreme difficulty in fronting the funds to make the payments.

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Select villages conduct militia trainings, neighbors fear for the future

Kon Hadae : After a township meeting ordered the implementation of militia trainings last year, villagers in Yebyu sub-township have finally been forced to participate. While only two villages have currently participated, residents are afraid that all villages will eventually be included in similar trainings.

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Mon Women’s Day celebrated in Mon State for the first time

IMNA :  Today, February 24th, 2010, Mon women from both the Thailand-Burma border, and inside Mon State itself, joined together to celebrate the 6th annual “Mon Women’s Day” in Bleh-donephai village in Three Pagodas Pass Township, Mon State. 2010 marked the first year that the event has been held inside …

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